verb (used with object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
verb (used without object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
- confidence game.
- an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods or the bribing of public officials, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.
Origin of sting
Related Words for stingbite, inspire, hurt, burn, poke, injure, electrify, needle, wound, prickle, pique, tingle, smart
Examples from the Web for sting
Contemporary Examples of sting
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014
December 31, 2014
And unless Republicans start pursuing very different priorities in Congress, that prognosis could sting.GOP Senate Can't Resist a ‘War on Women’
November 11, 2014
Now Sting gets his turn, with this musical that he based on his own experiences growing up near a shipyard.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Strangely, he did this by diluting the sting of the ant scene.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat
August 10, 2014
Note to Sting: An “albatross” in this context is more like “tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt.”Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
Historical Examples of sting
But this time there was a sting, of the sharpest, in the words themselves.Within the Law
It was the insult more than the pain; and from her—there was the sting of it.In the Midst of Alarms
He has through His death taken from death his sting, so that I have no cause to fear him more.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
She met his gaze with a tenderness so great that the words lost all their sting.Tiverton Tales
She died of the sting, and was lost to him in the Underworld.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
verb stings, stinging or stung
Word Origin for sting
Old English stingan "to prick with a small point" (of weapons, insects, plants, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *stenganan (cf. Old Norse stinga, Old High German stungen "to prick," Gothic us-stagg "to prick out," Old High German stanga, German stange "pole, perch," German stengel "stalk, stem"), from PIE *stengh-, nasalized form of root *stegh- "to prick, sting" (cf. Old English stagga "stag," Greek stokhos "pointed stake"). Specialized to insects late 15c. Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" is from 1812.
Old English stincg, steng "act of stinging, stinging pain," from the root of sting (v.). Meaning "carefully planned theft or robbery" is attested from 1930; sense of "police undercover entrapment" first attested 1975.
see take the sting out of.